5G technology is expected to come in its full flow by 2020. Indian telecommunication authorities had a meeting in December last year to draft a plan for early deployment of 5G services in India
Qualcomm which is one of the companies at the forefront of the 5G movement announced on Thursday that Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family will be used by a number of mobile manufacturers for their devices launching in 2019.
The manufacturers which feature in the list include Asus, Nokia, Oppo, HTC, Xiaomi, Vivo and Sony among others. In total there are 18 manufacturers on board. However, the list misses two of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world: Apple and Samsung.
Samsung and Apple both use Qualcomm modem in some of their devices. The absence indicates that Samsung could be hinting at its decision to do away with Qualcomm modems altogether and use its own Exynos chipset from this year onwards. Incidentally, the South Korean company is involved in a legal battle with Qualcomm.
5G NR, or 5G New Radio, is one of the 5G specifications currently undergoing standardisation at the 3GPP (the organisation which governs cellular standards).
5G technology is expected to come in its full flow by 2020. Indian telecommunication authorities had a meeting in December last year to draft a plan for early deployment of 5G services in India.
The authorities aim to form a competitive product portfolio for 5G technology with the motive to penetrate at least half of the Indian market and 10 percent of the global market over next seven years.
In September, the government had allotted a fund of Rs 500 crore for research and development in 5G.5G network will be a lot faster than current internet networks. Ericsson in December last year had demonstrated a speed of 5.7 gigabyte per second. The prevalent 4G networks in the country are found to be offering an average speed of 6.13 megabytes per second.